Judy Blume and Puberty

Judy Blume’s 1970 classic “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is being adapted into a movie. Woohoo! I am one of the women for whom this sweet, funny, authentic story about preteenhood was a lifesaver. This book is like a good friend who is there to normalize our experience and to ease the anxiety …

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A New Look at Pap Smear Testing

Pap smear testing recommendations have changed quite a bit since I first started practicing 25 years ago. At that point, pap smears were done once or twice a year. But since that time, we have developed new screening techniques and tests as well as a better understanding of cervical cancer, which has allowed us to …

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“Why I’m Done Trying to Be Man Enough”

October is Domestic Violence Month, but in our current socio-political climate, most of us don’t need a calendar announcement to be reminded of this insidious abuse. The #metoo movement, the recent Supreme Court Justice hearings, the fall from grace of several prominent business, entertainment and political leaders – all of these events mark a critical …

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#SpeakUp

Millions of us were glued to the TV when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford told her story. During the hearing, phone numbers flashed across our screens. These phone numbers were for sexual assault hotlines. The number of calls these hotlines were receiving increased during and after Dr. Ford’s hearing. Hashtags were created and they continue to …

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More Treatment Options for Post-menopausal Symptoms

There is a new product on the market called Imvexxy, which was developed to treat the dryness that post-menopausal women develop. Although the medication, estradiol, is not new, the delivery system is. Instead of a cream or tablet, this is a vaginal gel cap. It comes in the standard dose (10 mcg), and a lower …

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September Is Menopause Awareness Month

All women know that at some point in their lives, that lovely phase called “menopause” will be upon them. And based on everything they’ve heard, they will likely expect to experience one or more of these common symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, low sex drive, painful intercourse or depression. What if …

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Boundaries in the Bedroom

Every month another women’s magazine has an article about how you should “make your bedroom an oasis.” Or “keep the bedroom for sex.” And when I see this I have a difficult time stifling a giggle. Yes, of course we would all be better off if we kept our bedroom as a haven for sex. …

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Quality Over Quantity

At Congtythamtu Women’s Health we treat many women whose chief complaint is low desire. Some women have experienced a slow decline in libido for years, whereas for others it’s almost like a light switch suddenly turned off. Regardless of the onset, in both groups of women I often hear that their partner would ideally want …

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Vulnerability Hangover

Vulnerability catches us at all the wrong times, or does it?  I recently heard the term “vulnerability hangover” and completely related.  There have been so many times I have felt like I tried something new or said something out of the ordinary and felt great about it at the moment. I felt empowered and really …

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